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Regenerative Agriculture Toolkit

How do we respond to Climate Change in ways that are effective, life-giving, and equitable? By taking action that is practical, structural, and spiritual. We’ve developed the Beyond Paris Pledge to incorporate all three of these areas and to consider how practical action can be a form of spiritual practice.   

Join us by signing the Beyond Paris Pledge to reduce your carbon footprint 50% by 2030. Each month we’ll provide you with the resources and support you need to make a plan to get there. This month we’re focusing on our food system!

Regenerative Agriculture and Climate Change - What is it?


What if we told you soil has incredible potential to mitigate climate change? Would you believe that 3 billion tons of carbon from the atmosphere can be put back into the soil every year? It’s all made possible by Regenerative Agriculture.

Regenerative agriculture is, “both dynamic and holistic, incorporating permaculture and organic farming practices, including conservation tillage, cover crops, pasture rotation, crop rotation, composting, mobile animal shelters, and pasture cropping, all which increase food production, farmers’ income and especially, topsoil.” In order to address climate change, we must produce our food differently, not just more sustainably. Through regenerative agriculture, farms across the world that occupy 40-50% of the earth’s land surface, could actually sequester all of the annual CO2 emissions humans produce.

In the U.S. alone, there are one million acres of farmland on which we can make an immense difference. Plants intrinsically pull carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere through photosynthesis, but that’s only one piece of the equation. We need healthy soils and healthy food systems to reduce CO2 levels in the atmosphere, and that’s where you have more power than you might think.

Our industrial food system in the U.S. is broken, out of date with the cultures represented in this country, and detrimental to the very precious ecosystem of soil that produces our food. All of us eat, and all of us deserve to have access to healthy, culturally relevant, and sustainably-grown food. Learn more about regenerative agriculture here.

 

Resources

Watch this great intro video on Regenerative Agriculture!

 

Read this article about the social benefits of urban farming. Rooting yourself in your local food system is one way to support regenerative agriculture practices. See what others are doing to bring regenerative agriculture to unlikely spaces!

 

Explore this environmental justice mapping tool to check out different layers of issues in the Twin Cities. Click on ‘Layers’ from the drop down menu and select ‘Environment - Food Stores’ to see who has access to what kind of food in what neighborhoods.

Discuss!

  • What sort of regenerative agriculture practices could you bring to your own backyard and home? For example, what would it look like to start composting your yard waste or food scraps in your kitchen?

  • Everyone needs healthy, sustainably produced food, but not everyone has access to it. What sort of challenges do you (or do you not) face when it comes to buying fresh, healthy food?

 

Get started!

Practical Action50% Size Gandhi Mahal Interfaith Garden Logo PNG.png

Volunteer at the Gandhi Mahal Interfaith Garden. MNIPL is involved in a collaborative project right in South Minneapolis! On 1,200 square feet of sustainably-grown backyard produce, we are exploring the connections between food, faith, and climate change while doing our part to create a socially just and culturally relevant food system that embodies our values. Sign up your faith community, organization, or just yourself to come help out on Thursdays throughout the season.

A great way to start taking action is to compost! 40% of food is wasted in the United States and ends up in a landfill. Composting is an easy way to divert your waste, and in the process create something beautiful. Here’s a how to guide to get you started! The City of Minneapolis has also recently rolled out curbside composting, collected every week, on the same day as your garbage and recycling pick up. Search the Organics Cart Delivery map to find out when organics carts will be delivered to your block, and be sure to sign up through the City.

Systemic Action

Food systems should support and enhance the communities they feed. The Urban Agriculture Bill (HF 3324/SF 3310), brought forth by Representative Karen Clark to the House Agricultural Finance Committee, would set aside $3 million in funds to provide grants for urban agriculture initiatives, especially for projects focused on Native American tribal communities and communities of color. Addressing issues of food justice on a political level means making sure everyone has the chance to eat, grow, and enjoy culturally relevant, healthy food. Contact your representatives today and ask them to stand up for a more vibrant, healthy food system!

Spiritual Practice

Here is a mealtime prayer by Sophia Ogren-Dehn, you can read her guide on Thinking and Eating here

Love is the spirit of this meal.

 

Let us eat with Grace.

We eat modestly

We acknowledge our fortune.

 

Let us eat with Pleasure.

We appreciate flavors.

 

Let us eat with Knowledge.

We see the hands behind this meal.

 

Let us eat with Love.

We love each other,  

We love our nourishment.

 

Let us eat with Love.